Chocolate Protein Smoothie!

We did an amazing MAXT3 workout this morning: Legs & Surge! Talk about killing yourself. I’m definitely going to be feeling it tomorrow.

To re-fuel I made a delicious smoothie full of good for you ingredients!

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Chocolate Protein Smoothie:

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  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Scoop Green Superfood – Berry Flavor
  • 2 Spoonfuls Coconut Oil
  • 1 Spoonful Superfood Blend
  • 1 Scoop Max Recovery
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • Fill to the top with water

Tip: If you don’t have any greens on hand then use Green Superfood to get your greens! It can be found at your local Sprouts or Whole Foods.

Green Superfood

Day 10: Blueberry with a Splash of Strawberry

day_10Today marks the first day that I’m starting up my workout program again! Now that my body and schedule have adjusted to a healthier diet and lifestyle, I can add in a specific workout schedule. When you’re changing your diet/lifestyle it can be hard on your body.

If you’re following the advanced plan completely and not just for green smoothies it can take a lot longer. For the first few weeks your body is  trying to convert from using sugar for energy to using fat for energy which will turn you into a fat-burning machine!  Woohoo!

Remember, everyone is different so for some it might take longer and others you might be able to catch up quicker. Only add in workouts when you feel up to it. You don’t want to push yourself over the edge. It’s important to listen to your body and if it says you’re tired then make sure to rest. I have a hard time with that since like most people I’m always busy and on-the-go! So I took the time to relax and only did little workouts here and there.

maxT3Now I have to tell you about my awesome workout program. It’s called maxT3 and only takes 12 minutes at home! This makes it easy to squeeze into your mornings (set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes early!).  Get more information and buy it here. It’s totally worth it and will kick your butt. 🙂

Now for the recipe from Day 10!

Blueberry with a  Splash of Strawberry

  • Spinach
  • 1/2 c. Frozen Blueberries
  • 5 Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 spoonful Whole Fat Plain Yogurt (no low-fat, non-fat, or fat-free!!!)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Perfect Protein
  • Sprinkle Raw Almonds
  • 2 spoonfuls Coconut Milk Fat
  • 1 drop Blueberry Stevia
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil

I found that adding the Perfect Protein into my smoothies this week made a BIG difference. They tasted a lot better since it adds flavor and sweetness. I also started adding it since I’m working out more and getting the right protein is really important to helping your body recover after an intense workout. Read more about it here.

Enjoy!

Day 9: Simple Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

day_9Happy Monday and Go Broncos! We’re going to the Super Bowl Baby!

I finally made a smoothie this morning that I have fell in love with! It is the taste of perfection.I am so excited to share it with you. Plus, it uses my favorite fruit – Strawberries!!!

And guess what my favorite green is? Spinach! It’s so much better than stupid lettuce that wilts and has no taste. Spinach has a lot of nutrients in it and doesn’t wilt as easily.

I ordered a spinach salad at lunch the other day. The only ingredient it listed for greens was spinach. And guess what I got? Part lettuce/part spinach salad. {Insert angry upset face here} The restaurant must have decided spinach is expensive so they hid the lettuce below the spinach. And the lettuce wasn’t even fresh, it was brown and wilted…

Here is the recipe from Day 9:

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. Flaxseed
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Perfect Protein
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

day_9_strawberryGuess what? There’s no added sugar in this one! Thanks to the strawberries and perfect protein it already had enough sweetener. The other new ingredient I added was flaxseed. It’s so good for you but make sure not to add too much!

I poured my smoothie into my Blender Bottle to make it easier to drink while running errands. If you plan to pour your smoothie into a Blender Bottle make sure it’s the large, 28 oz. size and you use the small NutriBullet cup. As you can see the small cup filled up my entire Blender Bottle.

Enjoy!

Day 8: Chocolate = Love

day_8_chocolateI LOVE CHOCOLATE! It’s definitely my biggest weakness.

To show my appreciation for chocolate, I had to make a chocolate green smoothie! All the chocolate in this smoothie is natural, healthy, and has lots of great nutrients for you!

Unfortunately, the chocolate you find today contains high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils which are trans fats and will make you fat! Just take a look at the ingredients in a bag of assorted Ghirardelli chocolates. It’s scary to think I used to eat those all the time.

Now I read the ingredients of any chocolate I buy to make sure there’s no added-sugar or hydrogenated oils. I only buy dark chocolate and most of the time only baking chocolate so I can use it to make yummy treats. Then I can add in my own natural sugars like xylitol or stevia. WARNING – if you eat dark baking chocolate by itself it will taste very bitter!

Here’s my delicious recipe from Day 8!

Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • Spinach
  • Sprinkle of Cocoa Nibs
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 spoonful Cocoa Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 drop Chocolate Stevia
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein
  • 2 spoonfuls full-fat Coconut Milk (refrigerate coconut milk for at least 2 days so it thickens and scoop out only the coconut milk fat a.k.a “cream” )
  • Drop of mint extract

chocolate_smoothie_day_8I didn’t list coconut oil here since my cocoa almond butter contained coconut oil in it. If you don’t have cocoa almond butter you can use regular almond butter, add a little more cocoa powder and definitely make sure to add my secret ingredient, coconut oil! 

You can also buy the cocoa almond butter here from this great company, IngrEATients. They make amazing nut butters that are natural! I bought a few of them over Christmas and love them. I customized my almond butter to add cocoa in it. Delicious.

By adding the mint and vanilla extract it helps add a nice refreshing kick.

Enjoy!

Day 7: On-the-Go Adventure

After this morning’s green smoothie, I can’t stress enough that you need a NutriBullet to make these! We left to spend the weekend with my parents and sister. I packed the NutriBullet so I could share it with the family and realized when we arrived that I left the blade at home. The most important part. So we tried to make it with the Ninja. FAIL!

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Since the Ninja can’t pulverize the ingredients, it left bits and pieces of everything…kale, apple, almonds, etc. The proof is in the picture. It looked so gross and the texture was so weird. So I have called this the “Liquid Salad“. The good news aside from the color and texture is that it tasted really yummy. Phew!

It was so funny watching the family try some of it. My mom had to close her eyes and my dad asked if he could drink it in the dark!

Here is the recipe from Day 7!

  • Kale
  • Whole Green Apple
  • Sprinkle of Almonds, Goji Berries, and Chia Seeds
  • 1scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 packet of Regular Stevia
  • Water

day_7The vanilla protein powder I used is from Maximized Living. You can buy it here. I highly recommend it as they use whole foods and natural sweeteners which make it taste awesome! And yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth it. If you’re looking for a cheaper approved version you can buy Jay Robb Egg White Vanilla Protein Powder at your local Sprouts or Natural Grocers.

Today also marks one week of green smoothies! Woohoo!

Enjoy!

Day 6: Blackberry Blend

Day 6 - Blackberry BlendIt’s finally FRIDAY! Yessss… I made it an entire work week enjoying my green smoothies. What I especially loved is the looks on the faces of my coworkers “what is that?!”

Today I wanted to use up the rest of the blackberries in our freezer. The mistake I made is that the blackberries didn’t have much taste to begin with, but I didn’t want to waste them. Make sure the blackberries you use are ripe and taste good whether they’re bought fresh or you bought them previously frozen.

I also used my Simply Stevia packets to help sweeten it and get rid of the bitterness. You can buy a box of mixed flavors to include the mixed berry flavor I used. They come in little packets which are nice to take on the go and sweeten beverages if you go out to eat. Maybe one day restaurants will switch out the splenda and other bad sugars with these packets!

Here is the recipe from Day 6!

Blackberry Blend

  • Kale
  • 1 1/4 c. Blackberries
  • Spoonful Whole Yogurt
  • 1/4 c. Goji Berries
  • 1/4 c. Sunflower Seeds
  • Sprinkle of Chia Seeds
  • Almond Milk
  • 2 packets of the mixed berry Simply Stevia

I added in more of the stevia then you may need to use since it was bitter tasting. At first it tasted great but faded once I got to work. So definitely make sure you use good blackberries. If that doesn’t help, feel free to throw in some other berries.

Enjoy!

Day 5: CHIA!

Day 5 - CHIA I added a new ingredient today that I haven’t tried before – Chia seeds! I’ve heard so much about how great they are for you so I had to give it a try.

I also added yogurt. What’s so important about yogurt is that it MUST be whole fat plain yogurt. No, it won’t make you fat, but it will keep you full for a lot longer.
The low-fat, non-fat or fat-free yogurts are horrible. Well not just yogurts…everything!

All the good fats are taken out and replaced with bad oils and chemicals, hence why they call it a “chemical shit storm“. You can find it at any health store. There’s also a whole fat Greek yogurt at Natural Grocers which is perfect for smoothies.Fat Free Ad

Alright I’m done ranting. Now on to the recipe for Day 5!

CHIA

  • Kale
  • Whole Green Apple
  • Whole Fat Yogurt – just a spooonful
  • 1/4 c. Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 c. Almonds
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 drops Vanilla Stevia
  • Water

This has a different blandish taste so adding vanilla stevia is a must. The chia seeds give it a grainy texture too. So if you don’t like that you can remove the chia seeds. Sometimes you just have to chug it down when it comes to stuff you don’t like but you know it’s good for you. Story of my life as a picky eater!

Enjoy!

Day 4: Superfood Smoothie

Power BlastI felt like I was catching a cold again so I made this awesome power smoothie full of great superfoods. And I can tell you it’s working!

I used the superfoods from Navitas Naturals. They are raw and certified organic! You can also buy their products on Amazon and get free shipping with Amazon Prime. You should check out their power snacks too – very tasty and filling!

Here is my superfood recipe from Day 4:

  • Kale (the best superfood out there!)
  • Whole Green Apple
  • 1/4 c. Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 c. Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 c. Goji Berries
  • 1/2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 drops Vanilla Stevia
  • Water
  • Ice

Superfood Blast Now you can see after this was blended together it honestly looked like crap. Thankfully it actually tasted pretty good. And I’m glad to say that all the superfoods in it are working. Looks and taste don’t matter as much as staying healthy!

Enjoy!

Day 3: Berry Bash

NutriBlast Guess what? I remembered to take a picture this time! I made this one even better by including some of the ingredients. You can’t really see them that well but they’re all organic. 🙂

Now I’m going to share something personal – I used to hate blueberries. My mom used to put them in pancakes when I was little, which ruined them for me. That was until I realized the amazing benefits of blueberries and how many antioxidants are in them. Now I eat them raw and pop them in my mouth like candy. So of course I had to make a NutriBlast with blueberries! I really got creative this time as you’ll see in the recipe below.

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  • Baby Spring Mix
  • 1/2 c. Raspberries
  • 1/2 c. Blueberries
  • 1/4 c. Almonds
  • Ice cubes (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Almond Milk
  • 2 drops each of Vanilla and Blueberry Stevia

I found that before I added the stevia it was very bland. I added a lot of the blueberry and vanilla stevia and then it was perfect! If you don’t have those flavors of stevia you can always just replace it with regular stevia or a 1/4 c. of xylitol.

Enjoy!

Day 2: The Green Machine

I figured that every blog that has smoothies always has a smoothie called “The Green Machine”. This one was pure green yumminess and super filling. And yes, I did forget to take a picture of my creation so words will have to do for now.

Green Smoothie Challenge Quick TipBe Prepared and You Won’t Fail! Have you finished your week 1 grocery shopping and prepped all your foods? No?! Then you have set yourself up for failure. Read more here and download your grocery shopping list.

Here is my recipe from Day 2:

“The Green Machine”

  • Kale
  • Whole Green Apple
  • 1/4 c. Raw Almonds
  • 1 drop Vanilla Stevia to sweeten
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Ice (optional)
  • Water

Again, this was really filling which was due to the added almonds. They’re a healthy fat that is super nutritious. You can read more about the health benefits of almonds here.  The NutriBullet also blends these really well so you would have no idea almonds were in there!

Simply Stevia - Vanilla & BlueberryThe vanilla stevia I added is from the lovely company, Simply Stevia, and has a great flavor that isn’t bitter like most brands of stevia. So any of the stevia I use in my recipes comes from them. They also last a long time since a little bit goes a long way.

Enjoy!